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JfJfP comments


2016:

06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics

2015:

23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo

2014:

15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014

2013:

29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011

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Posts

Silence and lies about BDS in Canada

Here’s a vigorous article about the determination of Canada’s media to mainstream venom about the BDS movement. Yet again, Israel has to be protected and all critics denigrated.

Canada boosts Israel’s sense of impunity

Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada calls out its government (PM now Liberal Justin Trudeau but almost as pro-Israel as Harper) for ignoring Israeli violations of international law. It sets out a statement of beliefs, each one founded in basic human rights. Plus, the vote to condemn BDS.

Preposterous proposal to make Canadian boycotters criminals

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is well-known as an Israeli groupie. Even Israelis will be surprised at his desire to introduce a law making boycott of Israeli goods an antisemitic hate crime. Robert Fisk asks if he would prefer critics of Israeli policies not to use such a peaceful means of protest and advocacy for Palestinian rights.

Canada’s doctrine on terrorism – if it’s for us it’s OK

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Older readers might remember the Reagan/Kirkpatrick ‘doctrine': if they’re our dictators they’re our friends and poof to our moralising sermons on universal democracy. Richard Silverstein brings us the Canadian version, under its right-wing, pro-zionist PM. It is welcoming an MK ‘s fund-raising for the Jewish Defence League – a body which is on the US’s list of terror organisations and an off-shoot of the Kahane Chait, a terror group on Israel’s list.

Canada’s Christian PM now Israel’s chief cheerleader

Israel rolled out the red carpet for Canadian PM Stephen Harper’s first visit – warm talks with Netanyahu, an address to the Knesset, a perfunctory visit to Abbas and the usual offer of money rather than political support to the PA. This dramatic shift in Canada’s foreign policy is attributed to Stephen Harper’s evangelical Christianity and his goal of making Canada a leader in natural resource extraction and related hi-tech industries .

‘Never again’ means cross-border solidarity

Canadian activist Suzanne Weiss, whose mother died in Auschwitz, links her childhood experience of being protected against the German occupiers by French villagers with the imperative to cross the borders (of ethnicity and nation) to show solidarity today with Palestinians and other indigenous people. Their home environment is always wrecked by colonising settlers.

The 2-state solution is an answer to ISRAEL’s problem

With ‘peace’ negotiations going on in Jerusalem, the arguments about a solution for two warring, deeply unequal, nations have begun again. What would the Palestinians gain, except a weak, demilitarized state from 2 states? But a single state could only be a rigidly apartheid state. What about a Canadian-style confederation? Yousef Muayyer and Bernard Avishai respond to Ian Lustick.

Profiting from the Occupation challenged in Canada and the UN

The Palestinian village of Bil’in has filed a complaint with the United Nations against Canada for failing to prevent Canadian-based companies from aiding and benefiting from Israel’s settlement enterprise.

Calling Netanyahu’s bluff with ten clear questions

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet with Canada’s Stephen Harper on March 2nd on his way to meet President Obama. The group Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East has prepared this list of ten questions that should be put to him there – or anywhere.

Inquiry into Canadian anti-semitism skewed by desire to find anti-semitism

A supposedly neutral parliamentary commission (see http://jfjfp.com /?p=24325) has found the growing anti-semitism in Canada that its methods ensured it would. They are subject to detailed analysis by CJPME. Meanwhile a poll by Canadian Studies finds ‘positive feelings’ towards Jews are almost double those towards Muslims

False face of body investigating anti-semitism

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A body set up in Canada to investigate the ‘new anti-semitism’ seems to be an open-minded, parliamentary committee In fact it is none of those, argue members of the Faculty of Palestine, a grouping of over 400 academic staff, rather it wants to block the pro-Palestinian feeling on university campuses.

Canada – Israel’s new best mate

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Lia Tarachansky traces the history of Canada’s long-term record of regularlyaiding/supporting dictatorships, in concert with the USA. “And while most Canadians view their country as a peacekeeping nation, Canada’s arms trade, military assistance, and intelligence cooperation with Israel paint a different picture.” And Israel is delighted with their Canadians allies. For more of the writings and videos from this established journalist go to http://www.freewebs.com/leichik/

Combating Anti-Semitism or Shielding Israel? – a view from Canada

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Submission to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism: “I am writing this submission as a sociologist, a Jew, and a long-time opponent of all forms of oppression. As a person of Jewish descent, I obviously have a personal interest in seeing anti-Semitism addressed wherever it appears. However, as a social scientist I feel the term is currently being used without much precision…”

Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel

Over 150 Jewish Canadians signed a statement expressing their concerns about the campaign to suppress criticism of Israel that is being carried on within Canada…
The signatories are particularly concerned that unfounded accusations of anti-Semitism deflect attention from Israel’s accountability for what many have called war crimes in Gaza.